EU at­taches spe­cial im­por­tance to ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem

Azer News - - Nation - By Amina Nazarli

The Euro­pean Union at­taches spe­cial im­por­tance to the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem in Azer­bai­jan, said Malena Mard on June 7.

The head of the EU mis­sion in Baku an­nounced about this when ad­dress­ing a con­fer­ence ded­i­cated to the project of tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance, “EU Sup­port to Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing,” in Baku

She noted that the EU and Azer­bai­jan will start four new grant projects from July. All these projects will be im­ple­mented for the mod­ern­iza­tion of vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion cen­ters, ac­cord­ing to Mard.

A joint ap­proach will con­trib­ute to on­go­ing re­forms in the coun­try, added Mard.

Stress­ing that the co­op­er­a­tion with Azer­bai­jan plays an im­por­tant role for the EU, she noted that the im­prove­ment of vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing to­gether with higher ed­u­ca­tion are the ba­sis of eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion, eco­nomic re­forms in Azer­bai­jan.

This sys­tem ex­pands op­por­tu­ni­ties for those who en­ter­ing or re-en­ter­ing the mar­ket, said Mard. Say­ing that the im­prove­ment of vo­ca­tional train­ing should be con­ducted in the right di­rec­tion, she noted that the EU has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in this field.

She also spoke about the im­por­tance of hav­ing a con­tent of cur­ricu­lums and pro­grams that meets the mar­ket re­quire­ments. They should be writ­ten in such a way that stu­dents can eas­ily learn and use them, added Mard.

The new project is aimed at the de­vel­op­ment of vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion in Azer­bai­jan, said the of­fi­cial, adding that the EU will con­tinue to sup­port re­forms in Azer­bai­jan.

“The project, pre­sented to­day and funded by the EU, shows the great im­por­tance that the EU at­taches to the ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem of Azer­bai­jan,” she added.

Mean­while, Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Mah­mud Mam­madguliyev told APA that next stage of ne­go­ti­a­tions on a new agree­ment be­tween Azer­bai­jan and the EU will be held on June 13-14. He said that he meet­ing will be held in Baku.

“Di­rec­tor for Rus­sia, East­ern Part­ner­ship, Cen­tral Asia and OSCE of the Euro­pean Ex­ter­nal Ac­tion Ser­vice Luc De­vi­gne will ar­rive in Azer­bai­jan. Ne­go­ti­a­tions will be con­ducted on two blocks - po­lit­i­cal se­cu­rity and trade,” he said.

The new agree­ment be­tween EU and Azer­bai­jan should re­place the 1996 part­ner­ship and co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment and should bet­ter take ac­count of the shared ob­jec­tives and chal­lenges the EU and Azer­bai­jan face to­day.

The agree­ment will fol­low the prin­ci­ples en­dorsed in the 2015 re­view of the Euro­pean Neigh­bor­hood Pol­icy and of­fer a re­newed ba­sis for po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue and mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the EU and Azer­bai­jan.

The new agree­ment en­vis­ages the com­pli­ance of Azer­bai­jan’s leg­is­la­tion and pro­ce­dures with the EU’s most im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional trade norms and stan­dards, which should lead to the im­prove­ment of Azer­bai­jani goods’ ac­cess to the EU mar­kets.

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